Vermont established legislation (24 V.S.A. Chapter 118) allowing towns to set up conservation commissions. Sharon’s Conservation Commission started in 1989, with the goal of establishing community responsibility and stewardship for its natural resources. Some of the duties may include the following: making an inventory and conducting studies of the town’s natural resources and enhancing public awareness of scenic and recreational resources.
Regular meetings have customarily been held the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00pm. at the Sharon Town Offices, 69 VT Rte. 132. But our 2019 winter meeting schedule may differ. For more information please contact: Mike Zwikelmaier (802) 649-2940.
Sharon Conservation Commission projects (past and present) have included:
- Statewide and local Sharon Green-up Events
- Downer Forest Ski Trails
- White River Access site
- Town Forest (Ministers Lot) Plan
- Development and maintenance of the Rikert Veterans Memorial Trail
- Various Plantings and events at the Sharon Elementary School
- Participating with the White River Partnership and Linking Lands Alliance
- Establishment of the Conservation Fund to conserve land and waters or natural areas for use pursuant to 10 V.S.A. chapter 155
- Received various mini grants for conservation projects
- Evaluating wildlife corridors within the town
- Working with UVLT monitoring conservation easements in town
Members are appointed by the Sharon Selectboard (3-9 members are permitted by the Vermont statutes).